This guide is designed to help searchers try different tools to get information. One of the issues many searchers face is how to find reliable sources in a timely manner. Here's a quick guide to when to use what:
When to use a search engine versus When to use a database:
Website vs. Database:
|* To find an address or a phone number.||* To find academic/peer reviewed material.|
|* To find movie times, flights, reviews.||* To find multiples sides of an issue.|
|* To find an opinion (usually partisan)||* To find authoritative content.|
|* To find today's newspaper.||* To find a variety of points of view.|
|* For games, hobbies and special interest.||* To find historical content.|
|* For quick government information.||* To find highly specific information.|
|REMEMBER: There is no one in charge||REMEMBER: Editors and fact checkers,|
|of the World Wide Web||are responsible for what is published.|
WATCH OUT FOR SCAMS ON THE WEB!
For further help, please contact the library's Reference Department. You may:
* Call us at (413) 755-4549 during library hours, or come in to the Library in Building 27 of the STCC campus.
* Ask a librarian by e-mail. Please include your name and e-mail address so we can back to you as quickly as possible. Our goal is to respond within 48 hours.